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A Friday report indicated that Apple was having trouble with its rumored AR/VR headset due to overheating, camera, and software challenges, which could make the company delay its plans to unveil its Mixed Reality headset this year. Now, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is back with some more tidbits regarding the product.

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In 2020 at WWDC, Apple announced its CarKey feature. With that, drivers can unlock their cars with the U1 chip on selected iPhones and Apple Watches. Unfortunately, this function had a very slow rollout as only selected BMW models have it. Now, a new report indicates this is about to change.

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Apple is likely to enter a new product category with headsets in the near future. So far, there are two rumored products: the AR headset and the Mixed Reality headset, usually called AR/VR headset or “Apple Glasses.” With rumors gaining traction about these products, here’s what we know so far about each of them.

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A serious Safari bug disclosed in this blog post from FingerprintJS can disclose information about your recent browsing history and even some info of the logged-in Google account.

A bug in Safari’s IndexedDB implementation on Mac and iOS means that a website can see the names of databases for any domain, not just its own. The database names can then be used to extract identifying information from a lookup table. You can try it out for yourself with this live demo.

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Yesterday

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge and set new records in the United States, Apple is again adjusting its protocols and requirements for employees. As reported by The Verge, Apple is now requiring employees to provide proof they received their COVID-19 booster shot, or else take frequent COVID-19 tests. Apple, however, continues to stop short of a full vaccine mandate.

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It’s been over a year since Apple unveiled the completely redesigned iPad Air, but a supply chain report today indicates that a new model is on the horizon. Citing “reliable sources in China,” the blog Macotakara reports today that Apple could announce the fifth generation iPad alongside the iPhone SE 3 this spring.

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With the new M1 Macs featuring Thunderbolt 4 compatibility, of course we’re going to see more Thunderbolt 4 accessories being released. And today we’ll be taking a look at some of the most capable Thunderbolt 4 accessories yet. These are the Blaze Dock and Hub from our friends at ALOGIC. And as far as Thunderbolt docks go, these are definitely some of the most versatile options available. Head below for a hands-on look and for a limited time you can get 10% off with code Alogic10.

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A few weeks ago, 9to5Mac reported an outgrowing complaint from iPhone 13 users about the lack of a noise-canceling feature for phone calls through the Accessibility settings that is available to all previous iPhones, but not the newer ones. Now, what we thought could be just a bug is actually Apple removing the feature.

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As we head into a new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about where Apple sits with its K–12 strategy. The discussion around technology in education was evolving before COVID-19, and it continues to evolve post-COVID-19. As I think about where Apple sits in K-12, I see a glaring weakness: the company needs a low-cost 12.9″ iPad package with a Magic Keyboard style case.

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In order to comply with a ruling from The Netherlands authorities, late on Friday Apple announced that it would allow developers of dating apps to offer alternative payments systems other than Apple’s In-App Purchase system, thereby circumventing Apple’s traditional 15-30% IAP cut. However, Apple will still charge a commission on these purchases regardless (details yet to be disclosed).

However, implementing this will not be straightforward. Developers will need to create and maintain a completely separate app binary which includes special entitlements, and is only made available in the Netherlands App Store.

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January 14

Apple last year introduced a new App Store Connect experience with some useful changes for developers, including the option to submit in-app events and edit items without having to create a new version of the app. While this update was optional, Apple is now informing developers that it will be rolled out to everyone later this month.

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Benjamin and Zac mourn the loss of the (multiple) products Apple discontinued this week. Plus, there’s some funny rumors circling around the new look for the iPhone 14 notch, updates to Fitness+ and ‘serious talks’ about Apple acquiring some MLB broadcasting rights.

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Apple is expected to introduce new iPad Pro models this year – previous rumors suggested that the company had been experimenting with new designs with a glass back and wireless charging. While the company still wants to bring MagSafe to the 2022 iPad Pro, 9to5Mac has learned that the rumored glass design may have been scrapped.

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I’ve been watching Twinkly as a product for the past year after learning about them through Shane Whatley’s YouTube channel. Previously, to work with HomeKit, you’d need to bridge them using a product like HOOBS. Late last year, however, native HomeKit support was added. You might think these items are only for Christmas, but they will be useful in all sorts of situations – not just Christmas lights.

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